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>> welcome to al jazeera. here is your news on the hour. i'm stephanie sy. army private first class bradley manning will find out how long he has to spend behind bars for leaking classified information. the judge will announce the sentence at 10:00 a.m. eastern. prosecutors have requested that he get at least 60 years. a toxic warning has been upgraded at the fukushima water plant. it has been upgraded to the level three. president obama met with his national security team to discuss cutting some of the
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$1.5 billion in eight that the u.s. sends to egypt every year. the house has not made any final decisions. more than 50 wildfires are burning across the country. the two in idaho are considered top priority. the u.s. has spent a billion dollars fighting fires this year. we'll have complete news coverage for you at 7:00 a.m. eastern, and of course you can always follow us any time by logging on to our website at i'm stephanie sy in new york. you're watching al jazeera news.
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my name is jonathan betz. i'm from dallas, texas, and i'm an anchor for al jazeera america. >>my name is ranjani chakraborty, i'm from houston, texas. >>i'm kim bondy. >>nicole deford. >>and i'm from new orleans. >>san francisco, california. when i was a little kid, i just really loved the news. >>news was always important in my family. >>i knew as a kid that was exactly what i wanted to do.
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>>i learned to read by reading the newspaper with my great-grandfather every morning. >>and i love being able to tell other people stories. >>this is it, i want to be a part of this. >>this is what really drove me to al jazeera america. there's more to financial news than the ups and downs of the dow. for instance, can fracking change what you pay for water each month? have you thought about how climate change can affect your grocery bill? can rare minerals in china affect your cell phone bill? or how a hospital in texas could drive up your healthcare premium? i'll make the connections from the news to your money real.
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mission. >> there's more to america, more stories, more voices, more points of view. now there's are news channel with more of what americans want to know. >> i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." this is "america tonight." sglovrjs our -- >> our news coverage reveal more of america's stories. what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >>they share it on the stream. >>social media isn't an afterthought. it drives discussion across america. >>al jazeera america social media community, on tv and online. >>this is your outlet for
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those conversations. >>post, upload, and interact. >>every night, share undiscovered stories. >> now to meet a population that rarely wants much attention. thousands of prisoners in california joined a mass hunger strike this summer. 70 inmates have refused to eat for 40 days now. they are trying to end to a policy of keeping alleged gang members in solitary co solitaire confinement for years nap will not bring an end for better treatment behind bars. it's not just in california. new orleans, the justice, department, mayor and all sheriff are all battling over jail reforms. adam went inside one of the
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worst jails in america. >> this is a troubleed the faciltroubleed thetroubleed the. >> it causes social problems and less fundings for parks, schools and -- the sheriff who runs that jail in new orleans in is in the hot seat. they give a caution night that the content in this report is graphic and may be disturbing. in the shadow -- keep those people in. keep people like that around. >> reporter: the perish prince called opp by the locals. >> why do they want to keep them? >> nobody want use to know what's going none side these places. >> reporter: experts hired by the u.s. justice department call this the most dangerous jail in america. thank you for having us. "america tonight" takes a rare look inside. now now cameras have been allowed behind these
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barbed wire fences. >> they beat me up. i have bruises on me. let them know. >> reporter: violence here, an every day event. it's built africa tre "katrina ." >> guys are houseed in this area. the state of louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the entire country. twice the u.s. average. 38,000 people come through opp every year. according to federal investigators 40 inmates have died here since 2006. 25 prisoners hospitalized every month. jail had 698 prisoner assaults is last year including 32 stabbings.
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this photo shows a resent stabbing at the jail. they issued a statement of super official cuts. in this crowded dorm full of two guards are on duty. now, who watches the inmates while you've been here from way u up there? horror story here are documented in federal lawsuits. tk*u rel reshard a low level drug offender who was just released was sexually assaulted at opp. >> this was another inmate. he woke me up early in morning and told me to get in the shower and saying that i was -- you have to do this. i was forced to get up and get in the shower. after i get in the shower i notice that he has a shank and he takes it and he places it by the entrance of the shower as if i didn't come fly of what he was saying.
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>> reporter: rashard is 100 former prisoners who testified in the class-action lawsuit and the prisoners at opp. it was final -- and the u.s. justice department joined the lawsuit charging violent, inhumane prison k-rpbg prison conditions, excessive force. >> an inmate performed oral sex on a lot of guys on that tier and another inmate who was definitely schizophrenic and on drugs down here and had a broom stick shoveed is up his rectum. >> look, there's some great stories. we investigate every single allegation. >> reporter: sheriff martin gusman runs the prison. as a reformer and the city's first black sheriff, some local officials say he's now the
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problem. gusman says the allegations of danger and neglect are over -- >> reporter: inside these prisons since 2007. >> well, yes they would have you to think that these were all deaths related to violence. violence. we have groups like the southern center that tweak the truth for their own purposes to make people like you and your audience think that when they look at a number like that that that's somehow wrong. >> reporter: but u.s. justice department statistics show the mortality rate for prisoners here at opp is among the highest in the u.s. >> reporter: earlier this year public outrage grew when this video was released to the media.
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it was filmed coming at will . behind bars inmates not only showed up from a prison cell but somehow they obtained a handgun and violently waving it around. the laundry problem at opp has led to a number of protests. >> opp has things to be a house of horrors. >> it's salaries that we're paying to jail people who -- should be paying our community. >> reporter: the mayor wants the sheriff out. >> some of the elected officials in this town have been highly critical of you. are you handling it? >> the mayor has his own agenda. i won't get in to what his agenda is. i have a record of public
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service in this community. >> as the jail been poised? >> i'm not sure what you you mean by that. >> i mean criticized. >> i think this is a tough one. i think one someone stumbled and that's usually some people's opportunity to take a hit at them and we've had some stumbles. there's no doubt about it. >> reporter: earlier this year sheriff gusman resigned the lawsuit to reform opp. th procedures. mental health reform and health care and more . >> in taking progress center. >> reporter: government is pumping $145 million-dollars in to the jail. sheriff gusman says the new facility -- but they stay the
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jail won't have proper medical and mental health facilities. they also take issue with the size of the new -- it will still capita. >> this is where the security will be. >> this is where the deputy will be here. >> okay. >> and there will be additional security behind here. >> reporter: he is skeptical. he spent 27 years behind bars. since his release, he's an advocate for prison reform. >> i people start being prosecuted and being sued and litigating against because of the conditions in jail. that's when all the attention come. i blame this administration. i blame this mayor. i
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i blame the city council. the sheriff inheriteded a bad situation but he hasn't made it any better earth. >> reporter: new orleans has the third highest murder rate in the u.s. and some neighborhoods, violent crime is part of every day life. problem. because when people come out of jail that have been misused and abused, that person is in a bad place. >> reporter: can they fix this jail? in the overall city in new orleans. >> completely. a lot of the problems that we have in the city is from this prison. >> reporter: the rate distporbs rate effects after cannes. one of seven of black are locked
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up, on probation or on parol. >> we need to have a conversation and literally, hey, they are in incarceration. >> reporter: right. sheriff gusman says he is -- he resides over a jail what orleans. >> it's in a condition to turn someone who is channel individual rights of freedoms is also responsibility for the incarceration. >> reporter: are you hopeful if the day that this facility is too big. >> i'm hopeful for the day that there are very few people in here and the smaller the people. >> we have to take a real hard this. what that look like?
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and what it does to an overall community. just right there on the front of the state and watch the traffic that flows through there. ddo we have a bad system. >> even though the sheriff, the mayor and the u.s. department of justice all originally agreed to this consent and they are back in court and fighting over details and the price tag. it is estimated that the federal over sight of opp could cost more than $100 million-dollars. now the mayor of new orleans can do it cheaper if the sheriff is dismissed. of course, we wanted to to talk about his claims. he did not respond to our are repeated request for an interview on this report. >> adam we will continue to follow up. thanks very much. >> yes, we will. >> next on "america tonight" could it be a medical break through? it already saved one young woman's life. >> nine months after treatment it was definitely
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favorable . >> what doctors say one deadly disease to with an autographed jersey, and obama shared a few praise. >> coach shula retired with more wins than any coach in history. each time that record has been challenged, team after team has fallin short. >> michael eaves joins us to talk more about that. the president was having a lot
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pakistan charged musharaff. crews rushed to contain a 300-ton radio active leak. plant oporators say it already
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o absorbed the con tap absorbed contaminated water. >> more than three are diagnosed with cancer some time in their lives. it is most often -- and he sh*e says to a revolutionary therapy. one that employs a very unlikely force for good. it's in the spring until 2011. >> i notice that my eyes would hurt really pad. pain. >> the headaches became so painful that stephanie went to local er.
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>> i hit my knees. >> doctors found the tumor in june and operated almost e immediately. fears. >> any time you say it's cancer you automatically think worst. >> it was actuall actually -- a very tumor. >> for years she battled the tumor with radiation and chemotherapy. congressional therapies that 95% inevidenceible. >> in april of 2012 i was giveen the news that my cancer had come back. >> this disease, especially when it returns after surgery, chemotherapy is uniformly
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lethal. >> but developed by cancer research said at duke university gave me -- it is over and not per tpeblgt. >> enter the doctor who is seeking to use one deadly disease to battle another. >> by training with polio , but have readjusted the cancer. i'm particularly interested. >> it's natural enough to do anything to it. it naturally like toes tp-bgt cancer cells and it kills them. >> but the evadeing polio virus triggers the patients own immune. >> it nation
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tumor . it's putting a catheter in to the area of the tumor . >> polio killed it. i didn't think the idea. >> she's like what? you're putting polio in my daughter eardaughter's brain. are you serious? i got used to that idea. it it was decision. >> the doctor actually came in and explained it to me and i was just amazed. why not try it. >> it had not been used on a human and only done on it and us. >> over a six-hour period. a surgeon entered it in to stephanie's brain. hao when stephanie was treated.
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i it was one to deliver the virus, it gave me an idea that we were doing the right thing. we studied this s so thoroughly. >> the months after the infusion the tumor appeared to be growing. >> it's something wants to see and i have to be honest, it was not something we were happy about, of course. very concerned. we treat this cancer which is very aggressive and can hurt my patient. when i was seeing the tumor growing it was scary for me to sit back and have faith that the polio virus is working. >> what was actually happening was -- it was rather than -- >>
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the response was exactly as predicted. virus. >> this is a diabolic disease. the fact that she responded to a virus is remarkable because this is not something that was achieveable. the type of treatment that's currently available with the cancer patients. >> that whole area here is treated. and how it's gone. i'm really pleased. >> yeah. >> there are 7 months that they have worked with some signs and 9 months after treatment we knew that she was responding. >> he suggests that what he recognizes and destroys it, it won't return. production lasting response is
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only in cancer -- that's what we want. we don't stop at brain tumors. we want to investigate the use of the techniques or will make a dent that is incureable cancer. >> if stephanie will remain due nor free, his technique can help a whole range of cancers including prostate cancer and more. stephanie has survived a year and a half. four times longer than most people and she remains in perfect health. >> i survived cancer. i'm a cancer survivor and it's not just cancer but brain cancer. and, people look up to me and i've grown up. not only have i matured more but i found out who my friends were
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and realized i can do thing if i can beat cancer. >> i'm glad to see that. other patients are now being evaluated to participate in the polio virus trial. so one of them did it like stephanie did. we're told the treatment didn't help two patients who had damaged immune systems and it's too early to tell about remaining four. but animal studies says that body and destroys a tumor will not return. joining us here is dr. james gulley from the national cancer institute. we are excited to see feoff any's excitement and to see the patients. so many are looking to does and saying is this the cure? >> yes, so, i think that this is a very interesting study. i think all of them by hope but when we have a study like this where you see 8 patients that's important to follow the patients
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for a longer period of time and get more experience with this i think is very early interesting. >> you mentioned this experimental treatments. they are not used in a very widespread way. >> that's right. so, unfortunately in the united states only about 5% of adult patients go on to clinical. >> so it could take some the time. this is also interesting because this is not what we conventionally think chemotherapy . therapy. i think a complete difference with the standard therapies. first of all, chemotherapy is the term. where as these immune therapies don't. tumor. >> so, in this case, you're saying it the revolutionary put
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you have concerns about future of this treatment? >> i think we need to continue to see more patients. i think that thus far we've seen evidence of safety of giving the polio virus directly in to the brain. i think that's very important. i think that studies are going to further define how effective this is. i think it's very interesting that we're seeing promising results as in stephanie's case. >> and in nci, the national cancer institute you would be following that. give a time line. how long does it take to go from something that's called an experimental to a commonplace? >> so generally what we do is the first study, phase i study to safety and then phase ii we look at evidence and with fist phase iii with therapy and with the
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patient study until phase iii study is complete. >> you have to have a certain map of case that you can study and determine what it is. >> absolutely. >> so, eight cases. where does it end your overall understanding as complex and important as brain cancers. >> so this is a very good first step. usually with these early studies, we just looked to see if they're safer and when we see early evidence of of effectives we will be excited about this. >> we know that you will continue to watch as well. dr. james gulley coming in and talking with us about that. >> thank you. >> up here in america tonight, a deadly outbreak in an country. how did it start? the harsh reality where lack of time and any basic resources
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will led up to a rising was not me. check us out 24 hours a day on my name is ranjani chakraborty,
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i'm from houston, texas, and i'm an associate producer for america tonight. i grew up in a very large, loud indian family. they very much taught me how to have a voice, and from a very young age i loved writing, and i love being able to tell other people stories. the way to do good journalism is to really do your research, to know your story, to get the facts right, and to get to know the people involved in your story. america tonight and al jazeera america, it's a perfect place for that to happen. what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >>they share it on the stream. >>social media isn't an afterthought. it drives discussion across america. >>al jazeera america social media community, on tv and online. >>this is your outlet for those conversations. >>post, upload, and interact. >>every night, share undiscovered stories.
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soon after the 2010 earthquake demolished haiti what little resources it had. a deadly cholera broke out. thousands of people died and tense of thousands. outbreak. he joins us here. sabastian, what is behind this? >> the cholera epidemic broke out in haiti. i was one of the first respond respond weapon weapon respondants on the ground. i went back to the human sense of the impact of this disease . >> reporter: more than two years
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since cholera hit haiti. it was in one of the isolated areas of the country. communities are up here in the mountains and they are almost completely cutoff from basic services. clinics, running water, even road are almost almost in existence. >> it's impossible to realize how the medical facilities have to save lives from cholera this is the kind of scenario here. we are on our way now to the funeral at the very top of this mountain far man who didn't make it. when he died from cholera,
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-- the team in this tiny mountain top village and a father of three. he fell ill just days ago from his house. it's about five miles to the clinic. >> . >> they say they have been around 200 cholera deaths since the disease appeared. as a u.n. that flies over the funeral and nobody had idea how the out break started . as with many of the communities, death has become part of every
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day life. but that doesn't lesson the grief. [ cry ] >> his coffin carried up the mountain. his eldest leading the way. [ traditional singing ] >> they have been running for hours. the burial can take place. in villages across the country, this is the scene that's been playing and repeated thousands. this is the latest victim of a disease unknown in haiti two years . >> this death from cholera won't
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have any official statistics. there's health personnel who know about this or this is just one example of how the death toll from this is much higher than anyone knows. so as you just heard remote villages few people had any idea how this outbreak started even though there's over womening evidence that the disease was brought to haiti by u.s. peacekeepers. this is refuse tpweu is refusing to accept any responsibility for those deaths. >> explain to me, t because the families are out there and have asked. what is the u.n.'s response? >> well, it's something that's very simple. we wanted to get answers from u.n. officials from any u.n. official as to what that is regarding this lawsuit and that's to try to get that. so we were asked actually all the way to get anyone to issue.
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the interview we finally got was with a u.n. representative and a spokes person person for the secretary general who refused to answer any explanation or give any kind of reasoning behind the u.n. decision. so it's really overwhelming picture of basic treason. we had to hays the secretary general himself because nobody else was giving an explanation at all. the u.n. handled it very badly and many officials will not even talk about this. even the security general himself told us that we had to -- he couldn't get the reasoning behind their decision. so it's really something that something needs to handle . more than 8,000 people have died as a result of this disease. .
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millions poured in to this country by an earthquake but today the sha the haitians still strugglele. why is that? you travel to haiti on the money trail. . . >> it hosts brightly colored apartment buildings that go on and most of the sidewalks are done and something you never see in haiti. those are actually paved. but they stand empty. it's almost like a ghost town. >> soledad o'brian on where that money has gone. a special report tonight. we'll be back in a moment.
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